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Joseph Edward Collins Jr.


Mr. Joseph Edward Collins Jr., 64, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Vidant Medical Center. Joseph was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Collins Shearin; and stepfather, Stanley E. Shearin.

Joseph, a native of Wake County, was a graduate of Whiteville High School and East Carolina University.  He later completed his Master of Arts degree in New Orleans.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and taught school in both the Lenoir and Greene County school systems.

A private service will be held in Whiteville Memorial Cemetery in Whiteville. Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Collins Shearin and husband, Calvin, of Greenville; one niece, Shannon Shearin Oliveira and husband, Ray of Raleigh; and two great-nieces, Callie James and Anna Lowson Oliveira, both of Raleigh.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 30280, Greenville, N.C. 27833.

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